Maz Jobrani dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Monday to discuss his new show, “Superior Donuts,” which, interestingly enough, is not Jobrani’s first role as a donut-lover. He played Moly in Friday After Next.
“What’s funny is in Friday After Next, I played a guy who owned a donut show – Holy Moly Donut Shop – and now I’m playing a guy who hangs out at a donut shop, so I think I’m destined to somehow be involved with doughnuts in my career,” Jobrani joked said on Gio and Jones. “I may never get an Emmy, but I hope I get a golden donut.”
Jobrani, 45, has starred in dozens of films and TV shows over the years, but Superior Donuts is different.
“It’s kind of like an old-school sitcom,” Jobrani said. “I describe it as the TV show Cheers meets Chico and the Man. It’s a fun show. It stars Judd Hirsch, (who) everybody knows from Taxi and all the other million things he’s done. Broadway actor, just great actor. He plays an older guy who owns a donut shop, and a young black comedian named Jermaine Fowler, he starts working at the donut shop. So it’s about their relationship: the younger black guy and the older Jewish white guy, and they are dealing with the 21st century. Within that, there’s a cast of people who hangs out at a donut shop, and I’m one of those people.”
Jobrani plays Faws, an Iraqi immigrant and businessman.
“I own properties in the neighborhood and I’m trying to buy the donut shop,” said Jobrani, who is from Tehran, Iraq.
Other cast members include Katey Sagal, who starred in Married with Children, David Koechner, who starred in Anchorman, and Anna Baryshnikov, whom Jobrani described as “fantastic.”
“It’s just been a fun show,” he said. “It’s been a fun show, it’s a funny show, and we’ve been able to take on some serious subjects – as serious as a TV show on CBS can get. So we’ve slightly taken on gun control, Islamophobia, racial affairs – but all in a comedic way. So I think people should tune in and check it out. I think if they like old-school sitcoms, they’re going to love it.”
The next episode airs Monday, March 6, at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.